WASHINGTON DC - President Obama during his 'State of the Union' speach scornfully remarked about a recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision regarding campaign financial contributions from corporations. The Supreme Court in making this decision cited that freedom of speech under the Constitution, includes a corporation's right to donate to political campaigns.
This has become quite a controversial decision. One which the President and his administration, as well as most on the left, obviously disagree with. However, it should be noted that the Supreme Court decision is accurate. It is agreeable to see that at least one branch of the federal government continues to stand up for the constitution.
Just as any American citizen has a right to free speech, and the liberty to contribute to political candidates with whom they agree, any legal corporate entity has these same liberties under the constitution. While many Americans may not like the seemingly endless stream of political advertisements during elections, they are not forced to watch (or listen to) such advertisements just because they happen to air during a popular show. This is especially true given today's DVR technology, whereby programs can be recorded, and advertisements skipped during playback.
All rights under the constitution must be protected, and this is the purpose for the Supreme Court. Historically, any government which becomes comfortable in legislating away the rights and/or liberties of any specific group of citizens or entities, will find it easier to expand that group to fit the goals at the time. Additionally, as with freedom of speech of individuals, just because one disagrees with what someone says or how they go about saying it, does not mean their right to do so should be eliminated.
This topic also touches upon a related subject, which is career politicians and lobbyists "buying their vote". The US government was originally designed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Career politicians are one major problem, as our representatives are supposed to be common people like anyone else, who do not make a career out of it. This helps to ensure that those who are charged with representing the people of a given district, will do exactly that and not sell their vote to the highest bidder. Congressional term limits, as well as reforming the rules by which lobbyists are governed, would go much farther to ensure a level playing field, than would legislating away a corporation's right to donate to a particular candidate.
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